There’s less than three weeks remaining until the general election and the Democratic candidate for congress is continue to put the pressure on his opponent. Candidate Nate Shinagawa (D-Ithaca) recently released a statement attacking Republican Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) and his record of helping to preserve middle class jobs.
Shinagawa points to the October Empire State Manufacturing Survey, which came out earlier this month and which indicates that conditions for manufacturers in New York continued to decline for a third consecutive month.
Many economists are saying that the manufacturing numbers are an indication that companies are holding back in anticipation of the fiscal cliff, otherwise known as the sequester, scheduled in January due to congressional inaction on how to reduce the debt and deficit.
Shinagawa claims that Reed is part of the congressional inaction, saying that just like the federal Farm Bill, congressional inaction is hurting the middle class of the district, and it’s showing throw company layoffs, like those taking place at businesses like Dal-Tile in Olean and Sikorsky in Big Flats. Shinagawa finished his statement by saying the country needs to deal with debt and deficit problem, and the approach that Congressman Reed has voted for either explodes the debt and deficit, or deals another blow to the middle class by cutting programs essential for job growth and stability.
Reed and Shinagawa are running in the newly created New York 23rd Congressional District, which includes Chautauqua County and stretches across the Southern Tier all the way to Ithaca in Tompkins County.